A lot of planning should be done before the remodel begins, and if this is done well, your project will go smoothly.
The first phase should be carried out by the homeowner; researching contractors and checking references. Go to your local NAHB website (www.nahb.org) and the BIAW (www.biaw.com), as well as the Labor and Industry website to check that a contractor’s licenses and insurance are up to date. Call references; this will give you a good picture of their quality of work and how easy they are to work with.
Depending on the extent of your remodel project, several licensed professionals will be required. A general contractor will vet the specialists, hire, and schedule them. Bathroom and kitchen remodels may require these specialists:
- Tile setters
- Cabinet makers
That said, the obvious thing is, when the bathroom is being torn about and put back together, you won’t be able to use it. Hopefully you have another one in the house?
Don’t forget to consider “Universal Design”, also called “Aging in Place” features to include in your remodel. You or your visitors may find the features handy, and they can increase the resale value of your home, as it will be accessible to more potential buyers when that day comes.
So, how will the project affect you? It can be stressful, but the rewards will be worth it!